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The Final Straw Radio

The Final Straw Radio is a weekly, english-language anarchist radio show founded in Asheville, NC.  We strive to cover current and enduring topics by going to the source and speaking to the people involved and effected by struggles around them, with an anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist perspective. 

Also featured in this collection are the (nearly) weekly rants of anarchist prisoner Sean Swain from his "You Are The Resistance" segments.  More on his case at https://seanswain.noblogs.org

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The Final Straw Radio
Jun 16, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week, we'll be featuring two segments, one on state repression against anti-racist organizers in rural Upstate South Carolina and on an upcoming documentary series on access/non access to mental health infrastructure for transgender people living in Appalachia. Facing Down FBI & Nazi Pressure in SC First, Bursts shares a conversation with activists from the Scuffletown Anti-Repression Committee and the Michigan Anti-Repression Committee , left legal defense groups from vastly...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, wcrs, kwtf, repression, south carolina, fbi, neo nazi, queer, ICE, #abolishICE,...
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Jun 8, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Today we air three segments. First, audio about Likhts’amisyu Summer Camp in so-called B.C., Canada [4min 50sec]. Then, two Palestinian activists talk about the project “Eye On Palestine” [14min 42sec]. Finally, we share audios from the A-Radio Network show, BADNews, with words from struggles in Serbia [49:42] and the UK [53:50]. Sean Swain’s segment for this week is available separately . Eye On Palestine Today we’re very pleased to present some audio from two Palestinian comrades,...
Topics: palestine, anarchist, serbia, a-radio network, dissident island radio, aradio berlin, occupation,...
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This week we had the chance to interview Matt Meyer, who, among many other pursuits, is a retired professor and an editor of A Soldiers Story: Revolutionary Writings by a New Afrikan Anarchist, out from PM Press, which highlights the life and writings of Kuwasi Balagoon. Balagoon was a defendant in the Panther 21 case in the late 1960s, in which 21 people were arrested and accused of planned coordinated bombing and long-range rifle attacks on two police stations and an education office in New...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, prison, prison abolition, kwasi balagoon, matt meyer, lgbt, queer, gay,...
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This week we share an interview I conducted a few months back with two folks, Inman and Bleep, about community armed self defense. They talk about their experiences of handling firearms, lessons learned from their visibly armed presence at the Charlottesville Unite The Right protest in 2017, wider ideas of community self-defense beyond open carrying firearms (like engaging in like unarmed self-defense, infrastructure for food and health autonomy). The guests also talk about skills expanded and...
Topics: anarchist, autonomy, appalachia, self defense, community, firearms, charlottesville, antifascism
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May 19, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Prisoners in Ohio and Alabama Speak This week, we hear the voices of three prisoners: anarchist prisoner Michael Kimble and jailhouse lawyer Arthur “Akbar” Griggs at Holman CI in Atmore, Alabama, and Mark “Mustafa” Hinkston at Toledo CI in Ohio. Michael Kimble In the first portion of this episode William and Bursts spoke with black, gay, anarchist prisoner, Michael Kimble , being held at Holman Prison in Alabama serving a life sentence for the murder of a white, homophobic, racist...
Topics: akbar, alabama, anarchist, arthur griggs, mark hinkston, michael kimble, mustafa, ohio, prison
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May 12, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Sean Swain on JPay in NC Prisons + Antiracist Oi Documentary, "Negro Terror" This week, we feature an interview with Sean Swain about the JPay system being incorporated into the North Carolina prison system based on his experiences in Ohio, increased tension leading to a riot in mid-April at Piedmont facility and the employment of former Ohio Prison Director Gary Mohr as a consultant to the NC system. Then, documentarian John Rash shares about his latest documentary about an...
Topics: prison, sean swain, anarchist, privatization, jpay, gary mohr, kenneth lassiter, capitalism, punk,...
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May 5, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week, we’re sharing a recent conversation with Andy Fleming. Andy is an anarchist and anti-racist organizer based out of Melbourne, Australia. For the episode, Andy tells us about his research into far right organizing in Australia and, to a lesser degree, Aotearoa (aka New Zealand), who key players are, what tendencies are present and their influence in popular and political culture. We also speak about the resistance to the far right, Australia’s immigration policies,...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, andy fleming, slack bastard, antifa, anarchist, aotearoa, australia,...
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Apr 28, 2019 The Final Straw
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On the show this week, Bursts spoke with Tom Tanuki, front man of the group Yelling At Racist Dogs (Y.A.R.D.), a performance anti-fascist group that directs insulting yells at far-right, xenophobic events and speakers. For the hour we talk some about Tom’s background, the landscape of far-right politics in Australia and the place of humor and public shaming in confronting racist public figures in the work that Tom and his comrades do. You can follow Tom on twitter at the handle @tom_tanuki ,...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, australia, YARD, yelling at racist dogs, tom tanuki, tanuki, humor,...
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Apr 21, 2019 The Final Straw
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****This show carries a heavy content warning for institutionalized violence against incarcerated people, suicide, and issues related to mental wellness//unwellness.****** This week I’m sharing a conversation with David Easley, an imprisoned member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, or IWOC, currently held at Toledo Correctional in Ohio. In response to his organizing around the Nationwide Prison Strike in 2018, he and a few other prisoners were thrown into segregation, have had...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, free ohio movement, david easley, iwoc, ohio, incarcerated workers...
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ROAR Conference 2019 + Spencer Sunshine on Fascism This week on the show, we feature two segments. First up, an organizer with the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism, or ROAR Conference shares perspectives on the upcoming conference, May 18 & 19, 2019 on stolen Ohlone land in the so-called Bay Area. More info on ROAR Conference at roar-conference.com Then Bursts spoke with journalist and anti-racist activist Spencer Sunshine about various far right and racist tendencies such as...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, anti racist, anti fascist, roar conference, bay area, oakland, san...
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Apr 7, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Chelsea Manning and Grand Jury Resistance This week on The Final Straw, we’re excited to bring you perspectives on resisting Federal Grand Juries in the U.S. In particular, we focus on the situation of imprisoned, former army whistle-blower, Chelsea Manning. Ms. Manning, who was in military prison for releasing information about U.S. war crimes in the Afghanistan and Iraq theaters in 2010, had her sentence commuted by former U.S. President, Barack Obama in 2017. Having refused in 2019 to...
Topics: ChelseaManning, anarchist, radio, FinalStraw, TFSR, grandjury, resistance, KatieYow, JerryKoch
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Mar 31, 2019 The Final Straw
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Ni Frontieres Ni Prisons on No New Migrant Prison in Laval, Canada Today we have a two part show! In the first part we are presenting a conversation with someone from Ni Frontiers Ni Prison, which is a group in so called Canada that is resisting the proposed construction of a new migrant prison in Laval, a town just outside of Montreal. This is a transcript of the original audio, read for the show by Grier, shout out to him! In this interview we talk about the prison and what it would mean for...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, wcrs, kwtf, pacifica network, the final straw, the final straw radio show,...
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This week we had the chance to interview Lelia, who is a community activist and a part of the group Comunidad Colectiva, an immigrant rights group based in Charlotte NC. We got to talk about a lot of things in this interview, the work that they and other groups do with immigrant and undocumented communities, about the February ICE raids that got national attention, what effective rapid response can look like, and the challenging tension associated with both being anti state and being in the...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, charlotte, asheville, comunidad colectiva, immigrant, undocumented,...
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Mar 17, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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End Prison Slavery: The Free Alabama Movement This week we air two interviews about the struggle of Alabama activist and prisoner Kinetic Justice. Kinetic, aka Robert Earl Council, conducted a 6 day hunger strike because he was transferred with no altercations, investigations or disciplinary actions and after just having ended an almost 54 month stint in solitary confinement as punishment for Kinetic’s activism. First up, Swift Justice, a prisoner currently in the Alabama system and member of...
Topics: free alabama movement, alabama, prison, slavery, industrial complex, pastor glasgow, swift justice,...
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Mar 10, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Gord Hill is an indigenous author, anarchist, antifascist and militant, a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation living in so-called British Columbia, Canada. Gord is also graphic artist and comic book author who most recently published The Antifa Comic Book , out from Arsenal Pulp Press, and runs the website Warrior Publications and sometimes publishes under the nom-de-plume of ZigZag. For the hour we speak about his writings documenting indigenous resistance history in the so-called Americas...
Topics: gord hill, canada, comic book, antifascist, anarchist, 500 years of indigenous resistance,...
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Mar 3, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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This week we’re sharing two interviews. First up, I spoke with glo merriweather and jamie marsicano, two supporters of Rayquan Borum, a young black man accused by Charlotte PD of killing Justin Carr, another protester out during the Charlotte Uprising after the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott in mid September of 2016. Rayquan spent 2 years and 5 months in pre-trial detention and his trial just began. Some witnesses to Carr’s death claim the Charlotte PD killed him, not Borum. Check out...
Topics: ashevillefm, wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, krjf, kwtf, anarchist, climate change, ende gelande, climate...
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Feb 24, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Anarchists In Conflict: Rojava & Yellow Vest Movement This week on The Final Straw, the episode’s theme is anarchist interventions in struggles around the world. We’ll be sharing audios from comrades in the A-Radio Network, which just had it’s 5th Annual Gathering in Zurich, Switzerland. The A-Radio Network is made up of stations around Europe, plus a smattering in South & North America. We have been a member of the ARN for 4 years now, which over the last year and a half produces...
Topics: anarchist, ashevillefm, wcrs, wsfm, kowa, kwrk, krjf, kfug, rojava, syria, kurd, abdullah ocalan,...
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Feb 17, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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A Story of Leonard Peltier This week, Paulette D'auteuil speaks about the life and case of Leonard Peltier. Peltier is one of the best known political prisoners currently held in the U.S. Paulette is the Director of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee , based near Coleman, FL, where Leonard is incarcerated and also is an advisor to the National Jericho Movement . playlist pending For the hour, Paulette tells about Leonard's life, his case, his health, the resistance that Leonard...
Topics: leonard peltier, aim, american indian, movement, indigenous, political prisoner, national jericho...
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Feb 10, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week, we feature two segments on the show: an interview with a Russian anarchist about the recent ramping up of torture and repression by the FSB in Russia against anarchists and anti-fascists; and a chat with Patrick Strickland, author of "Alerta! Alerta!: Snapshots of Europe’s Anti-Fascist Struggle”. If you'd like to hear the full episode, including a more detailed conversation with Tania, our Russian guest, and more announcements, consider checking out our podcast version ! FSB...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, anti-fascist, anti-fascism, author interview, patrick strickland,...
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Feb 3, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Norman Shamas updates on FOSTA and digital harm reduction This week, we continue our look at sex, work and the state with guest, Norman Shamas . Norman Shamas is an activist and educator whose work focuses on human-centered information and digital security and privacy. Now, Norman is not a lawyer but shares their insights about the legal situation around FOSTA, or Fighting Online Sex Trafficking Act that passed into law in the U.S. last year and it’s implications for sex workers, for those...
Topics: ashevillefm, wsfm, wcrs, kfug, krjf, kwtf, kwrk, kowa, anarchist, radio, podcast, sex work, FOSTA,...
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Jan 27, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Sex Worker Outreach Project Behind Bars w/ Dr. Jill McCracken This week, William spoke with Jill McCracken , codirector of SWOP Behind Bars , or the Sex Worker Outreach Project, Behind Bars chapter. Jill is also a professor at University of South Florida at St. Petersburg teaching rhetoric and gender and sexuality studies, with a focus on sex work, prostitution and trafficking in the sex industry. For the hour we’ll hear Jill speak about the work that SWOP and SWOP Behind Bars do, FOSTA/SESTA...
Topics: sex work, labor, organizing, swop, prison, criminalization, decriminalization, sexism, cis, racism,...
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Jan 20, 2019 The Final Straw
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Support Anarchist Prisoner Eric King This week Bursts spoke with the wife of vegan, antifascist and anarchist political prisoner, Eric King. Eric was was convicted of attempting the September 11, 2014 firebombing of the Kansas City office of a Missouri Democratic Congressman in solidarity with the Ferguson Uprising that kicked off after the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO. The office was attacked at roughly 3am when it was empty. Eric took a non-cooperating plea agreement for 10 years in...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, eric king, family, hunger strike, prisoner hunger strike, anarchist...
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F.L.O.W.E.R. on Opposing “Rock Stone Mountain” 2019 + Black Flags Over Brooklyn with Kim Kelly Firstly we’re presenting a conversation that William had with an organizer with F.L.O.W.E.R ., which stands for Front Line Organization Working to End Racism, about opposition to a neo confederate rally scheduled to take place on February 2 nd at Stone Mountain Park about half an hour’s drive outside of Atlanta, Georgia. We talk about the longstanding history of this rally, which originally...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, wcrs, kwtf, f.l.o.w.e.r., antifascism, atlanta, georgia, neoconfederate, kkk,...
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Jan 6, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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This week we feature two segments, the first on anti-pipeline resistance at the Gidimt'en Camp in Canada and second with JR from sub.Media about Mental Wellness and the recent Trouble episode on the subject. First Nations Pipeline Resistance in so-called BC First up, we'll hear from Delee Nikal, a Wet'suwet'en community member from the Gidimt’en clan and the Cas Yikh House, a First Nation in so-called British Columbia, Canada. In 2009, Wet'suwet'en members of the Unist'ot'en clan (also of the...
Topics: gitdim'ten, indigenous, first nation, canada, justin trudeau, wet'suwet'en, british columbia,...
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Dec 30, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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Support NoDAPL Prisoners This week, we’re excited to share the voices of Jess and Olive, who both did legal support, and do prisoner solidarity with the folks facing Federal prison time from the struggle at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline. This episode was heavily edited for radio, so I suggest you find our audio at our website or in itunes or soundcloud or youtube or ideally our podcast stream and listen to the podcast version, cuz it is crammed full of great information and...
Topics: nodapl, dakota access, pipeline, standing rock, sioux, lakota, oceti, red fawn fallis, michael...
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Dec 23, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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You’re listening to an edited second half of my inteview with anarchist, activist and author Cindy Milstein as they toured with the book Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief , published last year by AK Press. In this portion of the conversation, Cindy will share about community support infrastructures in sickness and in health, the importance of play, the Montreal Student Strikes , insights from Silvia Federici , care circles and religious institutions, anarchism and more. The...
Topics: the final straw, anarchist, radio, podcast, ashevillefm, kfug, kowa, wcrs, wsfm, kwrk, krjf, kwtf,...
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Dec 16, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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Cindy Milstein, part one Cindy Milstein is an anarchist, activist and author who was a touring few months back with Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief , published last year by AK Press. The book is compilation of essays by various authors about loss in it’s myriad forms experienced under cis-hetero-patriarchy, in a capitalist settler colonialism, anti-Black and otherwise racist, ableist society. After Cindy came to speak at Firestorm Books in October 2018, we sat down for a...
Topics: anarchist, kfug, wcrs, wsfm, kwtf, krjf, kowa, radio, podcast, cindy milstein, grief, mourning,...
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Dec 9, 2018 The Final Straw
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This week William had the opportunity to speak with two people who are doing active support work for the folks involved in what’s being called the “migrant caravan”, a group of 7,000 or so people primarily from Honduras fleeting violence of many kinds. Firstly we’ll hear from Chris, who is an organizer with Enclave Caracol, a social center which stands in solidarity with migrants in Tijuana. This center sprang from Tijuana Food Not Bombs, and you can learn more about them via their...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, anarchist, anarchist radio, the final straw, the final straw radio...
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Dec 2, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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Rural Organizing And Resilience (ROAR) This week on The Final Straw Radio, we're sharing an interview with two members of Rural Organizing And Resilience, or ROAR, an anti-racist and mutual aid organization that's based in Madison County, North Carolina. Madison County is just north of Asheville and VERY Appalachian, with a small population that's sparsely populated in remote hollers and small towns. For the hour, Matt & Janet talk about anti-racist organizing, community efforts,...
Topics: ashevillefm, kowa, kwtf, krjf, wcrs, wsfm, kwrk, rural, community, organizing, anti-racism,...
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Nov 25, 2018 The Final Straw
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This week we are rebroadcasting an interview that William and Disembodied Voice conducted with Walidah Imarisha, who is an Oregon based writer, educator, public scholar and spoken word artist about her book Angels With Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption , her 2016 book out from AK Press and IAS, which highlights three distinct experiences that are all in different degrees tangential to the realities inherent to the prison industrial complex. This book won the Creative...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, james t. vaughn, vaughn rebellion, support the vaughn prisoners, philly...
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Nov 18, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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A Jailhouse Lawyer Speaks About #PrisonStrike 2018 This week, we feature three segments. First, we’ll feature a statement about recent doxing of a number of anti-racists in the Asheville area by far-right keyboard warriors. After that, we feature an interview with Dee, an anonymous incarcerated organizer affiliated with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. In this conversation we ask about the effectiveness of the #August21 2018 Nationwide Prisoner Strike, the push to move prisoners under storm threat as...
Topics: ashevillefm, kowa, kwtf, krjf, kwrk, wcrs, wsfm, anarchist, podcast, final straw, radio, a-radio...
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Nov 11, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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Sahar Francis of Addameer This week, I spoke with Sahar Francis, the Director of Addameer. Addameer is a non-governmental organization, or NGO, based in Ramallah in the West Bank in occupied Palestine that focuses on human rights advocacy, political prisoner support & public education efforts like Know Your Rights trainings. Addameer is one of the projects that is receiving a portion of the profits of the 2019 Certain Days: Political Prisoners Calendar that we’ve you’ve heard of in past...
Topics: palestine, occupation, israel, addameer, nakba, political prisoner, sahar francis, kwtf, krjf,...
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Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at  AshevilleFM  from 3am EST on November 5th through November 11th, 2018 and podcasting on libsyn.com. Taglit-Birthright Israel & Settler-Colonialism with Nani Ferreira-Mathews This week, we spoke with Nani Ferreira-Mathews . Nani is the author of “ Birthright?: Travelogue of an American Radical in Israel / Palestine ”, published by On Our Own Authority (or OOOA) Books, out of Atlanta, earlier this year. Nani has indigenous Hawaiian...
Topics: ashevillefm, wsfm, kowa, kwtf, kwrk, wcrs, krjf, anarchist, zionism, occupation, author, nani...
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Oct 28, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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Disaster Relief Moving Forward This week we had the chance to talk to Sascha, who is a community organizer in the triangle area of North Carolina, about ongoing organizing to help rebuild and continue to aid folks after the multiple hurricanes recently hit this region.  This interview went in directions that we couldn’t have predicted, and really went on a deep dive of how to conceptualize of disaster relief in our changing climate, in addition to more practical topics. We hope you enjoy it!...
Topics: the final straw, kwtf, kwrk, wsfm, wcrs, kowa, krjf, anarchist, mutual aid, disaster relief,...
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Oct 21, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw we’ll be airing the second half of our interview with anarchist, author and cartoonist nonagenarian, Donald Rooum from Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Donald has written introductions to anarchism and has been a leading organizer in movements in the U.K. against nuclear war, the death penalty and the use of corporal punishment against children in schools. This summer, Bursts and William found their way to London and were delighted to sit down and chat with...
Topics: final straw, wcrs, wsfm, kwrk, kowa, krjf, kwtf, anarchist, egoist, donald rooum, stirner, wildcat...
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Oct 14, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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Mutual Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Michael This week on The Final Straw Radio, we feature a conversation with Pearson, an anarchist resident of Tallahassee, Florida, and is involved in storm relief mutual aid work in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Pearson is also the co-host of the leftist podcast “Coffee With Comrades”. For the hour we talk about Hurricane Michael, which just passed through the Florida Panhandle and up through the Carolinas, affecting Georgia and Alabama as well. Within a...
Topics: the final straw, anarchist, radio, podcast, wsfm, kowa, kwtf, krjf, wcrs, kwrk, mutual aid,...
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Oct 7, 2018 The Final Straw
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This week we had the opportunity to connect with Vanessa Bolin, who is an indigenous artist, community organizer, and activist who has been helping with flood rescue and rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, NC, which is in Robeson County. In this interview we talk about what still needs to be done in this area, how to help out, some important parallels between post hurricane relief and anti pipeline organizing, and the importance of foregrounding marginalized voices in...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, kwtf, wcrs, hurricane florence, hurricane relief, indigenous resistance,...
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Sep 30, 2018 The Final Straw
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This week we are very pleased to present an interview with Mango and Marin, who are mental healthcare workers based in New York City. We are going to get into a lot of topics, including anarchist critiques of psychiatry, ways that anarchists can be comrades with people who have survived the psych industry, and the Earth First MAD Camp. Shoutout to Jayden for setting up this interview! We had to cut a bunch out of the broadcast version of this interview but check out the podcast up on our...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, anarchist, psychology, mental health, psychologist, APA, psychosis,...
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Sep 23, 2018 The Final Straw Rad
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This week on The Final Straw radio we are sharing a chat that Bursts had with Zolo Agona Azania. Zolo is  from Gary, Indiana where he lives now, working a job and also doing re-entry work with the formerly incarcerated and community service to break cycles of trauma. After 7 and a half years in prison from ages 18-25 where Zolo engaged in political education with members of the Black Panther Party from Indianapolis, he was released. In 1981 he was re-arrested, picked up by the Gary police...
Topics: ashevillefm, kowa, kwtf, kwrk, krjf, wcrs, wsfm, political prisoner, new afrika, black panther,...
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Sep 16, 2018 The Final Straw
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This week we are presenting audio from the Callisto Collective, which is a local collective “addressing conflict, abuse, assault and everything in between” by utilizing autonomous models of resolution, especially in closer knit communities of affinity. This workshop is called Conflict Resolution for folks who do Anti State Organizing. In this workshop, they talk about many things, including anarchist critiques of Non-Violent Communication, which is a developed process in use mostly by...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwtf, wcrs, kwrk, callisto collective, hurricane florence, autonomous disaster relief,...
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Sep 9, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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SC Prisoner Speaks + Resisting Nuclear Waste in Bure, France This week, we feature two audios with y’all.  The voice of a prisoner in SC as the 2018 #PrisonStrike ends and someone resisting Nuclear Waste in Bure, France. South Carolina Prisoner, “J” First, “J” is in segregation in a South Carolina prison. He does not give his full name or the prison he’s inside for reasons of personal safety. You’ll hear him share a bit about his experience of the prison strike from the inside,...
Topics: The Final Straw, anarchist, prisoner, prisonstrike, South Carolina, repression, Bure, Nuclear...
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Sep 2, 2018 The Final Straw
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This week on the Final Straw, we’re featuring two main events, both themed around the Prison Strike ongoing across Turtle Island until at least September 9 th . Kevin Rashid Johnson on the Prison Strike First, an interview we conducted with Kevin “Rashid” Johnson. Rashid is a co-founder of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party and is the Minister of Defense from within it’s Prison Chapter. He is the author of two books available from Kersplebedeb, Defying the Tomb & Panther Vision ,...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, kevin rashid johnson, new afrikan black panther party, prison strike...
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Aug 26, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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Ray Luc Levasseur, PT2 This week, we share some more perspectives on prison, stretching back decades. You’re about to hear the second half of our conversation from earlier this year with Ray Luc Levasseur. Mr. Levasseur is a longtime activist, Vietnam War vet, revolutionary and former political prisoner in the U.S. Ray was a reputed founder of the Sam Melville / Jonathan Jackson Unit , later known as the United Freedom Front which conducted sabotage, expropriations and attacks against...
Topics: ashevillefm, anarchist, anti-imperialism, anti-racism, united freedom front, guerrilla, history,...
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Aug 19, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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William C. Anderson This week on The Final Straw, we are super pleased to present a talk given at the most recent Asheville Anarchist Bookfair by William C. Anderson, who co authored the book As Black As Resistance with Zoe Samudzi. The talk he is giving here is based heavily on the first chapter of the book called Black in Anarchy , and in addition to laying the groundwork of how he and Samudzi wrote the book, he speaks about the truly conditional nature of so called “citizenship” that...
Topics: ak press, author, anarchist, blackness, race, liberation, zoe samudzi, william c anderson,...
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Aug 12, 2018 The Final Straw
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Aug 10, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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This episode is presented for the week of 08/12/18, posted here early for broadcasters Steady Collective + SF Bay View Newspaper This week on the show we feature two interviews. The first is with a volunteer at the Steady Collective , a group that self-describes as “ dedicated to promoting the wellness of people who use drugs through empowerment and respectful collaboration. Our goal is to improve overall community health by reducing the rate of drug overdose and the spread of infectious...
Topics: opiod, asheville, appalachia, buncombe, firestorm, kairos west, steady collective, harm reduction,...
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No NEXUS Oberlin This week we had the opportunity to interview Isabel and Christopher, who are active in differing ways in the No NEXUS Oberlin campaign, one in a long series of anti pipeline pushes in Oberlin Ohio. This campaign is based in part around the college which exists there, but is also in strong coalition with non college attending community members in the area who have been battling  the extraction industry for years, from fighting pipelines to injection wells to fracking in this...
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Jul 28, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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Donald Rooum This week, we invite you to listen in on the first part of a conversation we had with 90 year old anarchist, cartoonist and author, Donald Rooum . Donald was born 1928 in Bradford, UK. Donald is most known for his longtime illustration of the wiley, bomb-throwing, firebrand anarchist cartoon character, Wildcat. In this episode, Donald talks about his early political trajectory and development from childhood involvement during World War II in a Communist Party front group into...
Topics: anarchist, radio, interview, art, cartoon, comic, humor, uk, freedom books, #august21, prison...
This week we are talking a little break to work on other things, and so have taken the time to re-broadcast two interviews from two other radical and anarchist audio projects, both of which have been doing amazing work. From Embers The first we’ll present is from an anarchist radio show in so called Kingston Ontario called From Embers . This interview was originally released by them in the middle of June, and is with Kanahus Manuel, who is a Secwepemc woman fighting against the Trans Mountain...
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Jul 14, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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"You may be nonviolent, but I’m not gonna let these white people kill you”. A presentation with Charles Cobb on This Nonviolence Stuff’ll Get You Killed . This week we are very pleased to present a presentation done some months ago at Firestorm Books with Charles Cobb, who is a journalist, writer, and current senior analyst at allAfrica.com, which is “is a voice of, by and about Africa - aggregating, producing and distributing news and information from over 140 African news...
Topics: anarchist, radio, podcast, history, racism, african american, black, southern, charles e cobb jr,...
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Jul 8, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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Aug 21st - Sept 9th, 2018 National Prison Strike This week Bursts had two conversations, both focusing on the upcoming Prisoner Strike from August 21st to September 9 th , 2018, one with a member of IWOC and one with a Amani Sawari, a media liaison for some of the prisoners who called for the strike. The viewpoints expressed by the two guests are at time contradictory and at others redundant but it felt better to keep their voices mostly intact rather than weave them to create a streamlined...
Topics: prison strike, august21, j20, sean swain, black august, attica, george jackson, 2018 strike, iwoc,...
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Jul 1, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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#OccupyICEPDX & J20 Updates This week, we’re featuring two interviews.  The first was an an interview from the IGDcast with someone affiliated with #OccupyIcePDX blocking the immigration detention center in Portland, OR.  The second  was a chat we had with a supporter of the J20 arrestees, from among the 230 people rounded up during the Inauguration protests of January 20th, 2017, in Washington, DC and still facing over 60 years in prison each. Updates from #OccupyICEPDX blockade in...
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Jun 24, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw, we’re airing three international segments covering anarchist perspectives from the Rojava Revolution in Northern Syria, voices from the pirate radio, Radio Klaxon on the ZAD, a land occupation in western France, and refugee solidarity and struggle in on the border of Croatia and Bosnia in the Balkans. First, we’ll hear an interview with an anarchist recently returned from Rojava, the autonomous regions in North Western Syria where an anti-capitalist, ecological...
Topics: zad, balkan route, refugee, migrant, border, bosnia, croatia, rojava, radio klaxon, france,...
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Jun 17, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw, we’ll be airing two interviews. In the first, Bursts spoke with author and activist Shane Burley about the state of street level fascism and anti-fascism in the U.S. Then about 45 minutes into the episode, you’ll hear Bursts speaking with two members of the Asheville branch of the Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW. Shane Burley on Fascism today Shane is the author of numerous articles on the subject as well as a the 2017 book from AK Press, “Fascism...
Topics: Antifa, Asheville, Author, Bookfair, General, IWW, Move 9, Shane Burley, fascism, labor, anarchist
This week we are airing a presentation that Margaret Killjoy gave at Firestorm Books on the release day of her new release The Barrow Will Send What it May . This is the second in her Danielle Cain series which highlights magic, anarchism, queerness, punk squatter subculture and a bunch more. The presentation consisted of a brief intro, a reading, and to end up a q&a session. As a warning to listeners, the reading describes the events of a car crash. This occurs between 11 and 12 minutes...
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Jun 3, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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This week we had two interview sections. In the first Bursts spoke with Tristan, an anarchist living in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia, about the riot that took the streets for 3 hours there on May Day. They talk about anarchist in Java, the feudal Sultanate they suffer under, the New Yogyakarta International Airport threatening to displace a village and more. Then Bursts spoke with two organizers of the Asheville Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair (ACAB2018) taking place the 22-24th of June. To...
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May 27, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we present an interview that Bursts conducted with the sci-fi and picture book author, technologist and social critic Cory Doctorow .  Cory is an editor of the blog BoingBoing , a fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and his most recent book is entitled Walkaway, out from Head of Zeus and TOR books.  The novel plays with themes of open source technologies, class society, post-scarcity economics, ecological remediation, drop-out culture and liberatory social models. It was...
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May 7, 2018 The Final Straw
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**FOR BROADCAST ON 5/20/2018** This week, we are excited to share with y'all an interview with TL, the main artist and designer of Bloc by Bloc: The Game of Insurrection. From the website of Out Of Order games , which publishes the game, "Bloc by Bloc is a semi-cooperative strategy board game inspired by 21st century riots and revolutions. The game features hidden agendas, deep strategy, area control, asymmetrical player abilities, and a special method for randomly generating billions of...
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**FOR BROADCAST ON 5/13/2018** This week, we are airing a conversation that William had a few weeks ago with Wriply Bennet and Ashley Braxton, two members of the Black Pride 4. The Black Pride 4 are four black queer and trans people with accomplices who were arrested during a Pride parade on June 17, 2017. The four were arrested after leading a silent protest that obstructed the Stonewall Columbus Pride parade in downtown Columbus Ohio. With tape over their mouths and with linked hands, the BP4...
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This week I had the chance to speak to Ricchi, who is a Puerto Rican anarchist, about an autonomous squatted community center in Borique called Valle Garita. In this episode, we talk about the squatted space and the intentions of the organizers, plus the cultural context of squatting, reactions of the police, landlord, and bank, and some concrete asks for solidarity and support from non locals. We end the show with a brief report back and analysis of what went down on May Day in San Juan and...
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For this May Day episode William had the chance to speak with Nutty, who has been holding down a monopod blockade which is blocking the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in the renamed Hellbender Autonomous Zone. She has been without the ability to reup her food and water supplies for over 21 days due to cop and forest ranger interference. We get to speak about the monopod and her experiences participating in this struggle, as well as her views on resisting the MVP, some ideas on the...
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Apr 22, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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This week we share as our main feature an interview with longtime anarchist, musician, anti-racist & organizer from Texas, scott crow. scott is the author of numerous books, including " Black Flags & Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective " & " Emergency Hearts, Molotov Dreams: A scott crow Reader ". At the end of 2017, PM Press published " Setting Sights: Histories and Reflections on Community Armed Self-Defense ". Bursts caught up...
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Apr 15, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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25 Years After Lucasville; Two Perspectives on the Uprising This week is the 25th anniversary of the longest prison uprising in US history in which lives were lost. The rebellion, which lasted 11 days, took place at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, more commonly know as "Lucasville," in April 1993. The disturbance broke out on L Block, which housed over 400 people. Over the course of the uprising one correction officer being held hostage and nine prisoners were killed. The...
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Apr 8, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we have a few goodies for y'all! First, we'll feature some words that friends in central NC recorded of Elijah . Elijah was born and raised in Durham, NC, who was imprisoned in Alabama. Elijah was among many who showed up to resist a threatened march in Durham by the KKK after people began rising up and taking down white supremacist statues last falls. Elijah talks about incarceration, guilt, organizing and about getting out. Secondly, William reads a statement about possible...
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Apr 1, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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In this week’s episode of The Final Straw Radio, we have three segments on two subjects. This week there’ll be no Sean Swain segment due to technical difficulties, but we hope to be hearing his clarion call towards dancing around the ashes of swivelization next week. In part one, I spoke with Friday, a former J20 defendant and a supporter of the remaining 59 facing charges. We talk about the arrests, the case so far, what we saw come out of the first trial group in November of last year and...
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Hebron Documentary This week we got the chance to speak with Yousef Natsha, who is a Palestinian filmmaker and activist about his new documentary called Hebron . In this interview we talk about how he got into making this documentary, some historical and present day context for this series of struggles in Hebron City, and some suggestions for action. You can learn more about Yousef, see more of his work, and donate to the documentary by going to his website...
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For this week’s episode, Bursts spoke with Ray Luc Levasseur, longtime activist, Vietnam War vet, revolutionary and former political prisoner in the U.S. Ray was a reputed founder of the Sam Melville / Jonathan Jackson Unit, later known as the United Freedom Front which conducted sabotage, expropriations and attacks against profiteers and symbols of American Imperialism and oppression abroad. After 9 years of activity in the group and living underground, members of the group were apprehended...
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Interview with Michael about the recent WV Teacher’s Strike In this interview, Bursts spoke with an anarchist teacher and IWW labor organizer in West Virginia , Michael Mochaidean, about the work that went into the recent teacher strikes that went slightly Wild Cat and ended in a partial victory for the teachers after 12 days of walk outs by public school teachers across the state and has inspired labor organizing among communication workers in West Virginia, teachers across Oklahoma,...
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Mar 4, 2018 The Final Straw
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Stop the MVP and All Pipelines! This week, Bursts spoke with Birch and Judy, two folks involved in the Tree Sits on Peter Mountain along the Appalachian Trail on the border of Virginia and West Virginia.  The tree sits are operating in order to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline or MVP.  Before all of the permits have been ok'd, contractors with the help of local law enforcement have been clearing the path for the pipeline.  This preparation would include 3,800 feet blasted through the...
Topics: kwtf, the final straw, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, wsfm, mountain valley, mvp, acp, atlantic coast, pipeline,...
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Feb 25, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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Kristian Williams on George Orwell This week on The Final Straw, Bursts presents a conversation with Kristian Williams about his recently published book, Between The Lie & The Bullet: Essays on Orwell , published by AK Press . Kristian is maybe best known for authoring Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America . For the hour we speak about Kristian's reading of Orwell, the importance of intellectual honesty, weaknesses in modern Anarchist engagements with ideas and facts on the...
Topics: Kristian Williams, George Orwell, Anarchism, Politics, wsfm, kwtf, kwrk, kowa, wcrs
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Feb 18, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we're airing three segments on the show. MOVE9 Parole First, there's the interview that Bursts held with Michael Davis Africa, a member of the MOVE organization.  MOVE is a Philadelphia-based black liberation group founded by John Africa in 1972. The group lives communally. During the conversation, Michael Jr. talks about the case of the MOVE9, who were 9 members of that group who were arrested and accused of the killing of a police officer in 1978 in Philadelphia, a charge they...
Topics: MOVE, Black Liberation, Kosovo, Anarcho-Syndicalist, Anarchist, Philadelphia, Police, Google, Screen
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Feb 11, 2018 The Final Straw Radio
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This week I got the chance to speak to Bruno Renero-Hannan, who is an anarchist historical anthropologist from Mexico City about their solidarity work around two of the original 250 Loxicha Prisoners in the state of Oaxaca. This rebellion and imprisonment occurred almost simultaneously to the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas in the mid-late 90s with very different results. We talk about the long and complex history of this case, and if you are listening to the broadcast version there is much much...
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Feb 4, 2018 The Final Straw
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This week, Bursts spoke with Şoreş Ronahi (@SoRonahi on Twitter) of the Youth Movement of Rojava (Yekîtiya Ciwanên Rojava), an autonomous movement within Tev-Dem, the movement for Democratic Confederalism in Rojava (located within Northern Syria).    Mr Ronahi speaks about the Turkish assaults, aided by ISIS/DAESH forces now flying the so-called Free Syrian Army flag, to attack defense forces and civilians in the Efrînê Canton (also spelled Afrin or Efrin elsewhere).  We talk about...
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This Week's Content First, we air a portion of Ursula K. Le Guin's acceptance speech from the 2014 National Book Awards, where she received the Lifetime Acheivement award.  Ursula K. Le Guin, wrote fantasy and sci-fi for 77 years of her life, contributing many books such as The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Word for World is Forest & The Earthsea Series.  She died on Monday, January 22nd at the age of 88.  Her fiction touched on many themes, including anarchism, taoism,...
Topics: jalil muntaqim, bla, panther, political prisoner, ckut, prison radio show, kwrk, kwtf, wcrs, wsfm,...
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Jan 21, 2018 The Final Straw
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This week on the Final Straw, we air two interviews. In the first segment, we hear from two organizers with the Centro de Apoyo Mutuo or Mutual Aid Center in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Emilu and Kique talk about Caguas, about the colonial relationship between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, the post-hurricane disaster relief they've been doing as a continuation of social organizing in the wake of that colonialism, and building a network of C-A-Ms around Puerto Rico. More on their project can be...
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